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Satellite Communications

Xantic supplied its AMOS

Maintenance and Purchasing application to the new flagship of the Cunard Line fleet, Queen Mary 2. The massive liner poses challenging requirements in terms of reliability, the maintenance of the labyrinth of onboard equipment is of vital importance. Cunard implemented

Xantic's AMOS Maintenance and

Purchasing application as it provided the most comprehensive solution for Queen

Mary 2's operational environment.

AMOS M&P provides administration, monitoring and control of maintenance management, spare part inventory, fiscal expenditures, purchasing and logistics. "The system was installed in the pre- construction stages of Queen Mary 2


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Circle 231 on Reader Service Card and was key to our construction and pro- curement activities in preparation for delivery of the vessel. Xantic provided systems engineers to oversee and audit our database during construction, which proved to be invaluable in ensuring the system's availability," said Steve Storey.

Director Technical Operations of

Cunard Line Limited. "AMOS M&P has proven to be an integral part of our oper- ation, allowing the realisation of effi- cient and economic maintenance, repair and procurement activities. The AVMS module. Xantic's Hotel defects reporting system, has allowed us to effectively deal with any unexpected problems onboard. This facilitates efficient man- agement of our maintenance schedules and coordination of resources. The min- imum disruption to our guests that results is paramount to our operation."

Stratos provides global BEST (Bandwidth Efficient Satellite

Transport) service for the U.S. Navy,

Military Sealift Command (MSC). With

BEST, Stratos provides increased throughput over Inmarsat B HSD (High- speed Data) leases by combining multi- ple channels for additional bandwidth.

BEST also offers a great deal of flexibil- ity with respect to sharing and allocating the bandwidth available.

MSC uses Stratos' BEST technology for voice communications, email,

Internet access, network access, and file transfers. Additionally, MSC is able to maintain 24x7 visibility and control over the Inmarsat lease connectivity for their fleets worldwide. From their cen- tral network operations center, MSC can allocate bandwidth to each ship, and adjust the bandwidth assignments on an as needed basis.

MSC has benefited from having this level of flexibility in managing their lease channel capacity. BEST allows

MSC to respond instantly to mission critical requirements for increased voice and data connectivity.

Sea Tel was awarded "Best of Show" at the National Marine Electronics

Association Convention for the

WaveCall Model 3000 voice and data marine satellite antenna product. "We at

Sea Tel are very proud to receive this award. It reaffirms our commitment to excellence in product development, per- formance and reliability," said David

Quarders, Sales Manager — Americas.

The WaveCall Model 3000 is a com- pact voice and data system which uses an omnidirectional satellite antenna enclosed in a compact 10-in. dome. The size and construction of this unit allows great flexibility in configuring phone and computer systems for a vessel. It has been specifically designed by Sea Tel for the marine environment and has fea- 48 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

Increased safety at sea

With AIS on board, safety related navigation- al information can be received automatically from other AIS equipped vessels or base stations.

According to the International Maritime

Organisation (IMO) all SOLAS vessels are to install AIS transponders between the years 2002 and 2004 according to pre-defined deadlines for different categories of vessels.

Visit the SAILOR website for detailed infor- mation on AIS installation deadlines.

Among the features are: • IMO compliance: Class A UAIS transponder and KDU (Keyboard Display Unit) • Wheelmark Approved • Ruggedized design for the maritime environment • User friendly graphical and alphanumerical presentation • Flexible interfaces # SAILOR

When safety counts

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